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Start Your Own Recruitment Business
Are you the next Recruitment Entrepreneur?
Recruitment Entrepreneur is James Caan’s Venture Capital fund, investing exclusively in the recruitment and staffing sector. We invest in passionate, experienced entrepreneurs to start or scale their early stage recruitment businesses.
We provide not only capital, but support, advice and mentorship as well as a ‘plug-and-play’ system of back office and infrastructure to help you build a successful platform for growth.
Unlike many venture capital funds, we operate a true partnership – not only providing funding, but also support, mentorship and infrastructure. Our team are experts in the recruitment sector and have experience in scaling and exiting businesses in this market.
Our job is to help support the CEOs we invest in to grow their companies to be highly profitable, businesses built on robust processes and structures which means they will be able to realise an exit plan.
Caritas - Sold
Debbie Smith approached Eden Brown in 2009 to set up Caritas, a leading social care recruiter in the UK. After 7 years at Bluecare, of which she became Managing Director, Debbie knew her market incredibly well and had an outstanding track record of success. She demonstrated her understanding of her sector, her ability to attract quality talent, and her impeccable reputation with her clients. More importantly, she was incredibly driven to build Caritas on core ethical values around quality of care. In 5 years, Caritas has become an award-winning market leader in Social Care. The business has grown to 60 heads, has continued to grow both its fees and its EBIT and, as part of the Human Capital Investment Group, is one of the most valuable businesses in the portfolio. Debbie herself has been recognised for her contribution to the recruitment industry and to social care, being the Chairwoman of Apsco’s Social Work Sector Group.
Caritas was sold as part of the MBO of the Human Capital Investment Group, backed by Graphite Private Equity in November 2014.
Andy and Matt led the MWA International team with Randstad and Paul worked an FS Audit desk for the same business. With almost thirty years recruitment experience between them, this experienced team had an impressive client base, track record and work ethic that was immediately clear to see.
They approached Recruitment Entrepreneur in 2014 for investment to launch their own business Hanami International. Under their own brand, they work with large multi-national accounting firms, global commercial entities and top financial institutions. They place senior level candidates all over the world. By the end of their first five months since incorporation, Hanami have hired nine fee earners and billed over £260k.
Meet The Experts
Meet our Start-Up Experts who help founders build scalable businesses
Chief Executive Officer at Recruitment Entrepreneur
Abid trained as a Lawyer and worked in Corporate Finance before entering the recruitment industry over 25 years ago.
He has worked in over 35 countries across the globe in various capacities, from CEO for start-ups, Investor and Director of a UK FTSE250 company. Abid has been a Non- Executive Director for multiple recruitment companies. He founded and managed ARBP, which trained recruiters in 22 countries across the globe, and at one point was the preeminent recruitment training company internationally. He has a wealth of experience in building and managing teams. Industry specialisations include Oil & Gas, Security and Professional services.
Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity
After graduating from Nottingham University with an MSci in Chemistry and Molecular Physics, Eliot trained as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, Eliot Joined the London Technology Fund as an Investment Manager, where he played an active role in new investments, managing portfolio companies and engineering exits.
Since joining HB, as an Investment Manager at HB, Eliot has developed a thriving portfolio of businesses that he manages. He sits on the boards of a number of our start-up brands including Gemini Search, Voyage Global Energy and HB International as well as Euromedica. Eliot provides the management teams with the tools they need to accelerate growth and continue to build value for themselves as owners of the businesses.
Fergus joined Recruitment Entrepreneur in November 2016 as Finance Director. He has over 25 years’ experience of finance line management in service, high-tech and fast growing companies.
Much of his experience has been gained internationally and in challenging environments. Fergus qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and is a graduate of Durham University.